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Philip Guston
20th century
(Montreal, Canada, 1913 - 1980, Woodstock, New York)

Born 1913, Montreal, Canada; active 1935–41, New York; 1941–45, Iowa City, IA; 1945–47, St. Louis; 1948, Europe; 1948–80, Woodstock, NY, and New York (with trips in 1960, 1970, and 1971 to Europe); died 1980, Woodstock Philip Guston is one of the most influential American artists of the twentieth century, admired as much for his iconoclasm as for the form and content of his work. As a young painter, during a time when social commentary was a major direction in American art, he tackled social and political issues in drawings about the Ku Klux Klan. In the 1950s and 1960s, again paralleling prevalent trends in American art, Guston abandoned figurative work and became a leading Abstract Expressionist artist, known for his particularly lyrical style of gestural abstraction.

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